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Dunton Green, United Kingdom
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  • Audrey: The Girl Before the Girl

  • The Secret History of Hollywood
  • By: Adam Roche
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 51

Audrey Hepburn became an instant Hollywood icon whose style and talent instantly captured the public’s imagination. In the ensuing decades, she has gone on to become one of Hollywood’s most enduring legends. But many are unaware of the story leading up to her introduction to the world; a tale of survival, of tragedy, and the triumph of the human spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating tale

  • By Alex on 26-08-18

Respect..

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-01-19

Wow. I’ve always thought Audrey Hepburn was pretty fabulous as a beautiful, elegant woman and actress. Now I understand why. She has so much depth and experienced so much. What an inspiring woman of internal and external beauty.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,482
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,469

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Claire on 21-02-18

A heart wrenchingly beautiful story...

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-01-19

A heart wrenchingly brutal and beautiful true story of the cruelty, hardship, compassion, dignity, love, survival and victory of those who survived, and those who lost their lives and their loved ones through the barbaric and horrific experience of the Holocaust.

This story has changed me.

  • Dark Emu

  • Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident?
  • By: Bruce Pascoe
  • Narrated by: Bruce Pascoe
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Dark Emu argues for a reconsideration of the 'hunter-gatherer' tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians and attempts to rebut the colonial myths that have worked to justify dispossession. Accomplished author Bruce Pascoe provides compelling evidence from the diaries of early explorers that suggests that systems of food production and land management have been understated in modern retellings of Aboriginal history, and that a new look at Australia's past is required.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Louise on 26-11-18

Wow!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-11-18

This should be compulsory reading for every child (& adult) in Australia.

Massive respect for our indigenous people! This is so wonderful to get this information out there. We need to be learning more from, and consulting with, our country’s traditional custodians.

Who knew.. and why weren’t we taught this during our school years?!

Well done Bruce Pascoe. I’m sharing this as much as I possibly can.

  • Tremarnock Summer

  • Tremarnock, Book 3
  • By: Emma Burstall
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

Bramble Challoner has had a very normal upbringing. She lives in the suburbs of London with her parents and works at the call centre down the road. She still goes out with the boy she met at school. Bramble is dying for an adventure. So when her grandfather, Lord Penrose, dies, leaving his huge, rambling house in Cornwall to her, Bramble packs her bags immediately, dragging along her best friend Katie. The sleepy village of Tremarnock had better be ready....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tremarnock summer

  • By Sheila on 30-08-17

Fabulous series!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-18


Loved this 3rd book from start to finish. Some wonderful new characters with life experiences so beautifully told that you feel a part of it all.

  • The Gathering

  • By: Anne Enright
  • Narrated by: Fiona Shaw
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan gather together in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother Liam. It wasn't the drink that killed him-although that certainly helped-it was what happened to him as a boy in his grandmother's house, in the winter of 1968.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superbly crafted novel

  • By Helen on 04-05-10

Wanted to like it - but just couldn’t in the end.

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-05-18

I really wanted to read - and enjoy, this Booker Prize winning story. After trying (again - maybe I’ll enjoy this book this time? - my fourth attempt and each time making it a little farther. But no.. I really am not able to move beyond the melancholy, coarse language and tone and utter despair & hinted-at depravity. 

I wanted to like this book & there IS something strangely (though unpleasantly) compelling about the author’s style which urges you to WANT to keep going.. but alas. Having assuaged my feeling (akin to guilt) for not at all enjoying this, by reading a few other reviews by those who felt similarly torn between their desire and their actual experience, I will now close this book forever & (hopefully) not look back a fifth time. I am however, intrigued by those who love it and somehow wish I could. Perhaps I need to dispose of it to prevent myself from ever trying again.

  • Insurgent

  • (Divergent, Book 2)
  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811

Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family. But she has paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes ever more reckless as she struggles to accept her new future. Yet if Tris wants to uncover the truth about her world, she must be stronger than ever...because more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing dystopian fiction

  • By Mrs. P. L. Norris on 09-12-13

As good as the first book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-04-18

Another unputdiwnable book - as good as Divergent. Should’ve listened to my friend Donna - who recommended this series sooner. Fabulous! And u expected ending..time ago - a lotsooner!

  • Divergent

  • (Divergent, Book 1)
  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,375

For 16-year-old Tris, the world changes in a heartbeat when she is forced to make a terrible choice. Turning her back on her family, Tris ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs. Shocked by the brutality of her new life, Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her. The hardest choices may yet lie ahead…. A debut novel that will leave you breathless.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy reading

  • By Diane on 08-07-14

Incredible!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-04-18

Absolutely gripping from start to finish. So thought provoking. I could not put it down.

  • The Girl on the Beach

  • By: Mary Nichols
  • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Julie Monday enjoys a rare moment of happiness when at the age of eight she visits the Essex seaside and meets eleven-year-old Harry Walker. Ten years later, they meet again. Fated to be together, they marry just before the outbreak of the Second World War. But it’s now 1939, Harry has enlisted, and Julie must face the blitz alone with their son. Travelling back from work one day, Julie is caught in the chaos of a direct hit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very good listening

  • By Susan on 14-12-17

Gorgeous story!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-18

I absolutely loved this book. The main characters are delightful and the storyline surprisingly unpredictable in many ways. Beautiful story from start to finish, set against a really interesting WWII backdrop. Can’t wait to read more by Mary Nichols.

  • Letters to the Midwife

  • By: Jennifer Worth
  • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson, Clive Mantle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

When the Call the Midwife series became best sellers Jennifer Worth received mountains of letters - not only praising her books, but also from people who remembered the world her books described; life in the East End of London during the late 1940s and early '50s. Often her books touched her audience and they felt moved to write, or they wanted to share their own memories.A prolific letter writer herself, Jennifer always corresponded and this book includes some fascinating letters she received.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More than I expected

  • By R. Card on 22-11-15

Fabulous!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-03-18

I really enjoyed this backdrop to the Midwife series. Lovely to learn a little more about the author & to read the unpublished section about her time in France.

  • Shadows of the Workhouse

  • The Drama of Life in Postwar London
  • By: Jennifer Worth
  • Narrated by: Anne Reid
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 70

The inspiration for the second series of the BBC's phenomenally popular Call the Midwife, starring Miranda Hart. In this follow-up to Call the Midwife, Jennifer Worth, a midwife working in the docklands area of East London in the 1950s, tells more stories about the people she encountered. There's Jane, who cleaned and generally helped out at Nonnatus House - she was taken to the workhouse as a baby and was allegedly the illegitimate daughter of an aristocrat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By K on 31-12-15

Beautifully written

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-02-18

Difficult topics are covered from life in the 50s & earlier but this is so well written & provides a thought & emotion provoking glimpse into another era.